East StratCom disinformation claim:

The population of Ukraine is mainly ethnic Russians, majority of them sees the current government as a banderite occupation. One of Russia’s main goals has to be de-nazification of Ukraine.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 2. March 2017

Debunk claim:

In the last Ukrainian census, carried out in 2001, 8.3 million people (17.3% of the population) identified as ethnic Russians http://www.rferl.org/a/map-ukraine-percentage-who-identify-as-ethnic-russians-or-say-russian-is-their-first-language-/25323841.html. The elections in 2014 were characterised by the OSCE as showing the “clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms.”// The reoccuring disinformation that Ukraine is ruled by nazis is disproven by the facts. The far-right Right Sector often depicted as “fascists” or nazis by pro-Kremlin outlets gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter parliament. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/RUP1061-1940510502

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 61. The item is located at row number 33 in the report.

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